Lloyd Maines

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    May 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog

    Who? Leslie Krafka came late to the songwriting game; the bug didn't bite her until about four years ago. She spent a year making her first album, The White Cat Sessions, at Jack Saunders' studio. But she found a bit of success with the album, being nominated as a best emerging artist in the annual ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Excess of Talent: Meet Austin Super-Ensemble the Eightysixxed

    If Lonesome, Onry and Mean was a betting man, we'd bet our entire bankroll that while Warehouse Live or Fitz are filled to capacity with folks checking out the latest hyped-up, flash-in-the-pan, cover-of-Paste-magazine band that's been in existence, oh, at least a year or two, Austin's worn and weat ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Keep Calm Fight Cancer, Krewella, Dr. John, etc.

    Keep Calm, Fight Cancer Benefit Walters, September 6-8 Leave it up to Houstonians to stand up and join the cause. Not even 48 hours after Walters announced that longtime owner/den mother Pam Robinson was battling Stage 4 cancer, that single status update had already reached 15,000 people through sh ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Two Tons of Steel Unafraid to Cuss While Coming Unraveled

    Two decades and 11 albums later, Two Tons of Steel is still out tearing up the Texas blacktop with a hefty touring schedule that currently includes road-testing some new material from their soon-to-be released album, Unraveled. "It's really the best thing Two Tons has ever done and Lloyd Maines pro ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Robert Earl Keen: "I Do It How I Want to Now"

    If you only know Robert Earl Keen from "Merry Christmas From the Family," funny and true-to-life as it is, that's still a shame. The dark, pointed humor that has made that song (originally released on his 1994 LP Gringo Honeymoon) one of the most beloved holiday tunes of the past 20 years is veined ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Robert Earl Keen's "Christmas" Present That Keeps Right On Regifting

    For many people, the Christmas spirit fades as soon as the last trash bag bulging with wrapping paper hits the curb. Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Robert Earl Keen is counting on goodwill toward men lasting at least through the end of his "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" tour that stops at Ho ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Third Runners-Up, Albums 60-51

    Friday, Rocks Off told you about our "Texas 30" project, compiling a list of the best 30 albums of the past 30 years. Today we're about to show you the first of three bubbling-under appetizer lists we did just to put a little oil on the gears. Here, starting with No. 60, is where it gets interestin ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Happy Birthday Joe Ely: The Lubbock Flash Turns 65

    Courtesy LC Media​I was living in Holland in 1977 when my younger brother, who had attended Wayland Baptist University on a track scholarship until booze and girls were discovered in his dorm room, came for a visit. While living in Plainview, his stomping grounds had been the gin joints of Lub ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Bobby Keys: iFest Nabs Rolling Stones Sax Maniac

    The Rolling StonesBobby Keys takes an Exile on Main Street breather, Nellcote, France, 1971​Born in Lubbock and raised just east in Slaton, Joe Ely's home town, saxophonist Bobby Keys left Lubbock in 1960 looking for kicks. At 14, he was playing with Bob Dylan influence, Bobby Vee, before movi ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Joe Ely's Top Five Live Shots, By iFest's Rick Mitchell

    Jason WolterJoe Ely (left) and David Grissom at iFest 2010​Next Friday, Feb. 11, the Joe Ely Band returns to Rockefeller Hall for the first time in more than a decade, since the legendary Washington Avenue showcase club stopped presenting live music to focus on the less risky business of priva ... More >>

  • Music

    April 15, 2010

    Before the Flood

    West Texan Ned Sublette reflects on pre-Katrina New Orleans in a new memoir.

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    February 18, 2010

    No Longer Bulletproof

    Reckless Kelly look to an old Idaho mentor on new album Somewhere in Time.

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    November 11, 2009

    We've Been Had: The Enduring Wisdom of Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne

    Anodyne: Noun. Anything that relieves distress or pain. (​When Son Volt goes onstage tonight at the Continental Club (we've heard around 11 p.m.), there's an outside chance the band might pull out Doug Sahm's "Give Back the Key to My Heart" - we are in Texas, after all. Otherwise do ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: More Reasons Why Best In Texas Is a Flaming Pile of Crap

    Trilogy (n.): a set of three works of art that are connected and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works.​If euthanasia is ever legalized, one method might be to have the doctor read Ed Shane's monthly "Letter From the Publisher" in Best In Texas to the patient. Readi ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    January 9, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Miss Leslie Takes Top Honors in Freeform Americana Radio Awards

    Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, "Yes Ma'am" Houston's own Miss Leslie Sloan of Miss Leslie and Her Jukejointers was tipped for a slew of honors in the most recent Best of 2008 voting by FAR (Freeform Americana Radio) members. She was voted Female Artist of the Year over Eliza Gilkyson and C ... More >>

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    June 17, 2008

    Texas Johnny Brown to Play Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Texas Johnny Brown, the author of Bobby Blue Bland’s hit “Two Steps from the Blues” and one of Houston’s last surviving links to the Duke/Peacock Records era, has been selected to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food and Wine” program next ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Terri Hendrix

    concert preview

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    December 28, 2006

    Terry Allen

    Terry Allen performs Friday, December 29, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

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    November 23, 2006

    McKay Brothers

    Cold Beer & Hot Tamales

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    September 14, 2006

    James Hand

    Saturday, September 16, at Borski's Tavern, 16245 Highway 75 North, Willis, 936-344-6212

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    July 6, 2006

    Dan Crump

    Truth Is

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    November 3, 2005

    Charlie In Charge

    Sexton has gone from child roots rocker to Spin cover boy to Dylanesque bard

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    October 20, 2005

    Seat Belts and Eye Shadow

    If the Lost Boys can't get young Hispanic males to buckle up, nobody can!

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    August 4, 2005

    Houston's Gone Gaaga for Haaga

    A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards

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    April 28, 2005

    Allen's Alien

    See the surreal side of the Texas Panhandle in Dugout III: Warboy (and the backyard blues)

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    September 23, 2004
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    May 27, 2004

    Darden Smith

    Circo (Dualtone Records)

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    September 11, 2003

    Bangkok on Everything

    Terry Allen's lost post-Vietnam-era soundtrack re-emerges decades later

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    April 10, 2003
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    October 31, 2002

    Mount Bonnell Breakdown

    The South Austin Jug Band's swingy bluegrass is mullet-free music

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    August 22, 2002

    Ruthie Foster

    Runaway Soul (Blue Corn Music)

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    October 4, 2001

    Libbi Bosworth

    Libbiville (Ramble Records)

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    June 21, 2001

    The Coffeehouse Kid

    Stardom might be cool for Adam Carroll. But mainly he just wants to be your friend.

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    March 22, 2001


    The Groobees

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    December 21, 2000


    Damon Bramblett

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    July 27, 2000

    He Likes Beer

    Pat Green

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    July 6, 2000

    Will the Real Texas Musician Please Stand Up

    The land of gee-tars and fiddles

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    June 15, 2000

    Wide Open Shot

    The Groobees piggyback on the success of a song

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    February 10, 2000


    Foxy Lady: Terri Hendrix. Also, The Brothers Creggan

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    November 25, 1999

    Prodigal Son

    Houston's Cory Morrow returns home in his V6 workshop on wheels

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    December 17, 1998
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    October 22, 1998
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    October 1, 1998

    Family Style

    The Robison philosophy on fraternal bonds: the less hyped the better

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    July 16, 1998
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    May 28, 1998
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    September 4, 1997
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    June 26, 1997
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    August 22, 1996

    Vintage Sounds

    Wayne Hancock is a new-fashioned guy with old-fashioned desires

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    August 31, 1995

    Postmarked Texas

    Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

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